On September 20, please join us for cake outside of the Professional Development Office (room 182) to celebrate the implementation of the repeal of "Don't Ask, Don't Tell"!
What Was "Don't Ask, Don't Tell"?
Passed by Congress in 1993, DADT was a law mandating the discharge of openly gay, lesbian, or bisexual military service members.
More than 14,500 service members were fired under the law since 1993.
What is the History of the Repeal of DADT?
- On December 15, 2010 the House passed a stand-alone DADT bill, 250-175. This bill reflected the language of the repeal provision in the National Defense Authorization Act.
- On December 18, 2010 the Senate passed the House's stand-alone DADT bill, 65-31
- On December 22, 2010, President Obama signed the bill allowing for repeal of DADT.
- On July 22, 2011, President Obama, Defense Secretary Panetta, and Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Admiral Mullen certified the U.S. military ready for the "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" (DADT) repeal
- The implementation of the repeal will go into effect 60 days after the date of certification on September 20, 2011.
How did DADT Affect the Law School ?
All employers who recruit on our campus must certify that they do not discriminate in hiring based on specified protected classes, including sexual orientation. Until recently the military has not been able to certify nondiscrimination on that basis. In theory, the law school should not have allowed the military access to our students based on the discriminatory practice mandated by DADT. However not allowing access would have caused UofL to forgo a large amount of money from the federal government. Our decision (and similar decisions by all but two US law schools) to allow military recruiting created a mandate that we provide "amelioration" in a form that both publicly expressed the law school's disapproval and provided a safe and protective atmosphere for our LGBT students.
Due to the implementation of the repeal of DADT on September 20, this OCI session will be the first that military recruiters will be welcomed on our campus without amelioration. Please stop by at your leisure. Let's celebrate!
It is amazing that we are beginning the sixth week of the semester! Some of your professors may have started to speed up in class and cover more pages. You may be working on your first graded writing assignment for BLS, preparing for a practice exam, studying for a mid-term, or all of the above. What can you do to re-group after these first five weeks if you are feeling pressured by the workload or are worrying that you are already behind in your studying? This week's tips will provide suggestions on how to handle pressure.
- Do not stop reading for classes because you have other projects or assignments due soon. Carve out time for the projects around your reading for classes. If you focus on papers or projects and ignore class reading, you will then be confused in class and behind in your reading. If you need help finding time for both reading and other tasks, make an appointment with Dean Ballard for help with time management.
All 1Ls interested in running for a SBA 1L position must attend one (1) of the Candidate Interest Meetings. The first interest meeting will be held on Monday, September 19th in Room 245 from noon to 12:20 p.m. The second candidate interest meeting will be held on Tuesday, September 20th in Room 245 from 12:10 p.m. to 12:30 p.m. Candidates may run for Section Representative (one representative will be elected from each section) or Louisville Bar Association Representative. If you would like to run for a position but cannot attend either of the candidate interest meetings and/or have any additional questions, please contact Katie Bennett at email@example.com. 1L elections will be held the week of September 26th in the law school lobby.
for the 2012 ABA Client Counseling Competition will be held Friday, October 7th,
from 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. A sign-up
sheet has been posted on the front door of the Moot Court Board room. The deadline
for signing up is Monday, September
26th at 5:00 p.m.
no written requirement, as this is not a
“briefed” competition. Instead,
students compete in pairs of two in a simulated law office consultation in
which the students, acting as attorneys, are presented with a client
matter. They conduct an interview with a
person playing the role of the client, and then explain how they would proceed
further in the hypothetical situation. The
judges evaluate how the team elicited facts, advised about the relevant law, provided
options for proceeding, and assisted the client to make an informed choice. For
the tryout, each interview will last approximately 15 minutes; the actual
competition will be a 30-minute interview.
regional competition will take place February 11, 2012, at Northern Kentucky
University’s Chase College of Law in Highland Heights, Kentucky. The regional competition consists of three
qualifying rounds with each team competing indirectly against two other teams
in each round. After the qualifying rounds, the top six teams advance to
the semifinal round, culminating with the three winning teams in the final
round. The first place team from each
regional competition will advance to the National Finals on March 16-17, 2012,
in Durham, North Carolina.
3L, & 4L students are encouraged to sign-up. The team is coached by Professor Leslie
Abramson and Louisville attorney Paul Schurman.
If you have any questions about
the competition or tryouts, email Jacob
Ford at firstname.lastname@example.org.
If you are interested in learning about the Presidential Management Fellows Program, go to: http://www.pmf.gov/opportunity/index.aspx
Scroll to the bottom of the page and under "Become A PMF", there is helpful information regarding the Overview and Timeline, and Application Process.
The application period is from September 15th through September 25th. You can apply through USA Jobs at: www.usajobs.gov and search for "Presidential Management Fellows" for the 2012 job opportunity.
Any interested 2L, 3L, or 4L may sign up now for the Trademark Law Moot Court Competition. The Regional Competition will be held February 11, 2012 in Chicago or Atlanta, depending on the team’s regional placement. The top two teams in each region will advance to the National Final on March 17, 2012 in Washington, DC. UofL Law won the Southern Regional and National Final last year. The coaches are Professor Lars Smith and Jack Wheat of Stites & Harbison. Currently, the law school plans on sending two teams to the competition.
Professor Smith will review the submissions and send interested competitors a problem by Monday, September 26. The brief will be due on Monday, October 3 at 9 AM, and oral arguments will be held that week to select team members. To sign up, send an e-mail with a short statement of interest (1 page maximum) to Luke Markushewski at email@example.com. The deadline for submitting a statement of interest is Friday, September 23 at 9 AM.
More information can be found athttp://www.inta.org/Academics/Pages/SaulLefkowitzCompetition.aspx. Direct any questions to Luke Markushewski.